Ogle County Sheriff’s Report: April 24-25


OREGON — On April 24 at approximately 3:15 p.m. deputies conducted a traffic stop in the 8,600 block of East Illinois Route 38.  After a brief investigation, deputies arrested Zachary M. Roush, 29, of Rockford, for driving while license suspended. Roush was taken into custody without incident and released on a $2,500 individual bond with a return court date set. Roush was also issued a citation for operating uninsured motor vehicle.

On April 25 at approximately 1:01 p.m. deputies responded to the 5,800 block of North Illinois Route 2 in reference to a multi-vehicle accident. A preliminary investigation revealed that a southbound vehicle driven by Dirk Miller, 55, of Mt. Morris, crossed the centerline and traveled into the northbound lane where it struck two oncoming vehicles. Miller was transported to Swedish American Hospital by Byron EMS where he was later pronounced deceased. The second vehicle, a 15-passenger school bus, was driven by Teresa Gabriel, 58, of Dixon. Gabriel was transported to KSB Hospital by Mt Morris EMS for minor injuries. A passenger of the school bus, Connie Sloter, 34, of Dixon was transported to Swedish American Hospital by Byron EMS for minor injuries. A juvenile passenger in the school bus was uninjured and was released to a family member. The driver of the third vehicle, Kiara Franklin, 22, of Rockford, was transported to Mercy Hospital by Oregon EMS for non-life threating injuries. Stillman Valley EMS transported two juvenile passengers, also in the third vehicle to Mercy Hospital for observation. Byron Fire/EMS, Byron Police, Oregon EMS, Stillman Valley EMS, Mt. Morris EMS and the Illinois Department of transportation assisted deputies at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

On April 25 at approximately 5:32 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the 14,000 block of West Lanark Road for a report of a suspicious person. A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle involved in the incident near the intersection of West Illinois Route 72 and North Freeport Road. Through the course of the investigation, John D. Wilhelms, 57, of Freeport, was arrested for burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property over $300, theft over $500 and unlawful possession of cannabis/driver. Wilhelms was transported to the Ogle County Jail where he was held pending an appearance before a judge. Deputies were assisted on scene by the Forreston Police Department.

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